Modern Living: Euphoria Is a Pub

In England's good old days, the tavern, like the inn, was a refuge for travelers, providing bed, board, a warming fire and flagons of wine. For Samuel Johnson, who according to legend used the Cheshire Cheese as both club and office, there was "nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced." In the shadow of the tavern there was also the more modest "publick house," whose clients came mainly from the neighborhood. Divided into a public and private saloon bar, the pub usually included a snack bar,...

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